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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rachel Garcia hit a two-run homer and gave up one run in five innings, and UCLA routed Oklahoma 16-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series. Garcia, who threw 179 pitches on Sunday to earn the win against Washington, threw 61 more against Oklahoma q. And a day after hitting a dramatic walk-off homer, she cranked one of UCLA's four home runs against Oklahoma. Kinsley Washington went 4 for 4 and scored three times for UCLA.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carson McCusker's two-run double broke a sixth-inning tie and sent Oklahoma State to a 3-1 win over Connecticut in the NCAA Oklahoma City regional. The No. 9 national seed Cowboys advance to the best-of-three super regionals this weekend at No. 8 Texas Tech. Joe Lienhard allowed one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. Peyton Battenfield pitched three innings of no-hit relief for his fifth save.
UNDATED (AP) — Josh Heupel, who was the Heisman Trophy runner-up for Oklahoma in 2000, and former North Carolina pass-rushing star Julius Peppers are among 12 players making their first appearance of the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Other first-time candidates include C.J. Spiller of Clemson, Chris Samuels of Alabama and James Laurinaitis of Ohio State. The 2020 class will be announced in January.
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan's hiring of Juwan Howard continues a recent trend of college programs hiring former NBA players. Howard had no previous college coaching experience before being named John Beilein's replacement. Vanderbilt hired Jerry Stackhouse in April. Memphis made a surprise move by hiring Penny Hardaway two years ago. Patrick Ewing is entering his third season at his alma mater, Georgetown.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa and Iowa State have extended their annual football rivalry two more seasons through 2025. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones announced Monday that Iowa State will play in Iowa City in 2024, and the Hawkeyes will visit Ames the following year. Iowa and Iowa State have played each other since 1894, and have done so every year since 1977.
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